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Tory lies: they say police numbers are at their highest ever. But check the small print

Police: the Tories are fiddling recruitment numbers – there still aren’t enough of them. And do we trust them any more?

Here’s a great piece of exposure by Peter Stefanovic:

The Tories were never going to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers; they were always trying to compensate for the 21,000 they removed – and they were never going to make it because a more realistic recruitment figure, taking retirements into account, was 50,000.

Worse still, because the population has risen, the number of police officers per UK citizen has fallen drastically.

And to cap it all off, trust in the service is at an all-time low because of recent revelations about the Metropolitan Police (institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic).

The result is a crisis for law and order in the United Kingdom that Braverman is simply ignoring.

#ToryLawBreakers launch membership drive based on their lie about a fake threat from the EU. Isn’t this fraud?

Boris Johnson is swiping whole chapters from the Goebbels playbook with his new Conservative Party membership drive.

Just take a gander at the following nonsense, from a genuine recruitment campaign started in Johnson’s name on Tuesday (September 15):

“Last night I voted to protect the United Kingdom, as any prime minister would do.” Any PM ought to vote to protect the UK; this is true. Boris Johnson did not. He voted to support his Internal Market Bill which endangers the union by undermining the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland, and shatters the UK’s standing among other countries by breaking international law. It also threatens NI, Scotland’s and Wales’s continued memberships of the union by stealing devolved powers away from their governments.

Parts of the Bill, if passed into law, would overrule a binding treaty that Johnson himself signed. He was authorised to do so by the votes of his MPs – the same MPs who have now, sheep-like, authorised him to contradict himself.

“Unfortunately, I was not joined by a single Labour or SNP MP.” Of course not. The Labour Party, and the Scottish National Party, abide by the law.

“Instead Labour and the SNP chose to side with the EU and their outrageous threats to carve up our union.” The EU has made no such threat. This is a lie.

“Making it clear we’re the only party willing to stand up for the United Kingdom.” This is deceitful in several ways. Firstly, as already discussed, breaking international law, jeopardising peace in Northern Ireland and taking powers from NI, Scotland and Wales is not standing up for the UK but an attempt to shatter the union. Secondly, lying about a made-up threat is not standing up for the UK. Thirdly, it is wrong to say the Tories are the only party willing to stand up for the UK just because the other parties stood up for the rule of law. Would you like me to continue?

“Last year in good faith I signed the Withdrawal Agreement, believing the EU would stand by their word to be reasonable.” We have only Boris Johnson’s word that this is his reason for signing the Withdrawal Agreement – and he is a habitual liar.

“But regretfully, as Labour know, in recent months the EU have suggested they would go to extreme and unreasonable lengths.” This is a lie. If Johnson is using that as his justification for reneging on an international treaty, then his recruitment drive is an act of fraud.

“Threatening to put up blockades across our own country, divide our own land and change the very economic geography of our own union.” This is a lie. The person who threatened to put up barriers, divide the UK and change its economic geography is Boris Johnson. The possibility of tariffs being imposed for “at risk” goods was in his withdrawal agreement, that he pushed through Parliament. He is simply denying responsibility for his own action and pushing it onto somebody else.

But there is another issue here – that of the EU stopping food products from entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Johnson has made it explicitly clear that he includes this in his claim about blockades, division and economic geography. But it is not mentioned in the Internal Market Bill, so he should not be using it in a party recruitment campaign based on Monday’s vote.

(The EU would have to grant “third-country approval” to the UK’s regulatory regime to allow food into NI because Northern Ireland will remain in the single market and continue to use EU standards for its goods after December 31, 2020. It has been unable to grant this approval because officials reckon the UK has not provided sufficient details of the so-called sanitary and phytosanitary regime for animal and plant products post-Brexit – possibly because of the free trade agreement Johnson wants to do with the United States, that would bring diseased, chlorinated chicken into the UK for us to eat? Johnson’s government says it has provided ample information for the EU to grant approval but Johnson lies.)

Put it all together and this is a Nazi strategy.

Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was very keen on what he called “The Big Lie” – an idea he claimed to have taken from the British. The idea is that if you repeat a blatant lie often enough, eventually the majority of people will believe it is the truth.

Johnson’s recruitment drive is riddled with lies, and lies supporting those lies. It is not information. It is propaganda. And that puts him on a level with the Nazis.

You’d have to be a fool to believe him, too. These people weren’t:

What sort indeed. If you have a Tory-supporting friend, why not show it to them, explain why it is full of lies, and see how they react?

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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Government ploy claims Universal Jobmatch helps social mobility – why can’t employers help?


Here’s a fascinating press release that arrived yesterday. It seems to be trying to discourage people from helping friends and family into work through ‘word of mouth’ recruitment, in favour of – try not to laugh – Universal Jobmatch!

It seems the latest wheeze is to say that ‘word of mouth’ hinders social mobility – whereas Jobmatch, as we all know, tries to funnel jobseekers into any available work, no matter how inappropriate. It allows the government to sanction jobseekers who fail to apply for jobs they view.

Oh yes, and there’s also the matter of identity theft; none of the ’employers’ advertising on Jobmatch are vetted by the government, and many have been found to be criminal organisations who want jobseekers’ personal details for illicit purposes. Make no mistake – this is a dangerous system.

That’s not the worst of it, though – the press release misrepresents the information, which in fact shows that employers should be doing much more to help social mobility, by advertising all the jobs they have to offer and providing more and better training opportunities. These are glossed over, in order to put pressure on the jobseeker.

Here’s the text of the release. Let’s go through it together:

“Social mobility and economic growth hindered by word of mouth recruitment

“As the government’s new social mobility ‘tzar’, James Caan, calls on parents not to automatically help their child into a job or work experience, figures published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) show that word of mouth is now the most common recruitment method.” Doesn’t that mean it’s the most successful? Why is James Caan trying to stop people from using a tried and proven way of getting jobs? And, has anyone heard of this ‘Employment and Skills’ commission before?

Assistant Director at UKCES, Moira McKerracher, said: “Although it’s probably unrealistic to expect people to stop helping their children, Mr Caan raises an important point. Our research shows that the most common way for people to get a job is now word of mouth. That might be cheap, but it’s got a lot of disadvantages. It relies on people having social and professional networks – a ‘grapevine’ – which young people often don’t have. When they do, it’s often through their parents. And it narrows down the potential pool of talent for employers, who could be missing out on some fantastic staff.” Okay, a lot of this seems reasonable, but doesn’t it mean that other ways of getting work have been closed off?

“Using services like Universal Jobmatch, advertising in the local paper, online and using social media or recruitment agencies can be very cost-effective ways of ensuring employers get access to the widest possible pool of talent, and young people are given a fair chance of a job.” Here’s where it all falls apart. Putting a discredited mess like Jobmatch at the top of the list casts a deadly shadow over the others. And aren’t the social media and recruitment agencies just another form of the networking that was being discouraged a couple of paragraphs ago?

“Scaling the Youth Employment Challenge, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, notes that word of mouth is now the most common way of getting a job, with 29 per cent of employers using it to recruit compared to 24 per cent two years ago. There has been a corresponding drop in the number of employers formally advertising vacancies.” If the preceding paragraph sounded the death knell for this release’s credibility, that passage set the alarm bells ringing. Aren’t employers under a statutory obligation to advertise job vacancies? I may be wrong but this suggests that it is employers who are causing the problem, not jobseekers.

“It also finds that the major reason employers reject job applications from young people is because they lack experience, yet only one in four (27 per cent) actually offer work experience.” Yes – so it is the employers causing the problem. Why is this not flagged up, rather than the efforts of good parents and friends, trying to help people out?

“The report also finds that even young people with a job are frequently under-employed, with one in five wanting to work more hours. A disproportionate amount of youth employment is in low-skill, low-pay jobs with little training and few opportunities for progression. It calls on employers to do more to help young people into work – for example, by providing work experience, mentoring, apprenticeships, traineeships and entry-level jobs.” Again, all of these are issues for employers, not jobseekers. Why not get on their case, rather than bothering the unemployed over matters they cannot influence?

“The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a publicly funded, industry-led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four home nations of the UK.” Oh – that’s why. It’s a mouthpiece for employers to justify their behaviour.

This press release went out to newspapers and other media outlets across the UK and, knowing the media as I do, I’m sure many of them will have just picked it up and dropped it into a space without even stopping to think about whether the information is correct. That’s how the government gets away with planting misinformation in public perception – reporters are overworked and don’t have time to consider the implications of what they’re publishing.

And readers want to trust news providers. This is why the BBC must be criticised for its distortion of NHS facts and figures – it should not be a propaganda arm of the Coalition government.

It’s time to question what you’re being told.